i wrote my last post and went to bed, but couldn't sleep without finishing my thoughts, so here goes...
lots of people get paid lots of money to make sure that the general public remains under-educated about lots of things (including the dangers of vaccinating, the benefits of co-sleeping, breastfeeding, non-violent parenting, etc...) how lucky "we" are to have found what is considered "alternative" parenting by the masses. But i ask two questions...
1. how did we get to where we our in our beliefes about bf, co-sleeping, ap, non-violent parenting, etc...?? I know for me, it would not (and did not) come from family. In fact, they often discourage us from not medicating and vaccinating and "punishing"... but rather, my knowledge came from other women who "took me in", who supported my right to choose how i raised my child and who encouraged and continue to encourage me in a world that thinks i'm "crunchy" and "alternative". and,
2. thinking about all of the things that you subscribe to (bf, extended bf, co-sleeping, non-vaccinating or delayed vacc., non-violent parenting, sling-wearing, etc. etc.) ask yourself why?
Why do you choose to do all of the things that you do?
I will share that i our family does many of those things becuase we love and care for our dd, want her to grow and flourish in a really crazy world, want to create safe and happy learning and growing environments and get a kick out of challenging those in power. So, are there lots of ways to show your kids that you love them, encourage them to grow and flourish, and create safe spaces? (the challenging authority thing is my own deal
) Yes, i believe there are, and i have seen them happen.
so, i guess my whole point in all of this stuff is just to challenge all of us to challege ourselves. respect each other. tolerate what you will- and i am certinley not asking you to tolerate everything, even i have my limits- but stretch your comfort zone. i have learned alot this way.